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10:35 AM ET, March 23, 2011

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Apple:
Bertrand Serlet to Leave Apple  —  Apple® today announced that Bertrand Serlet, Apple's senior vice president of Mac® Software Engineering, will be leaving the company.  Craig Federighi, Apple's vice president of Mac Software Engineering, will assume Serlet's responsibilities and report to Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO.
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Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
The Father of Mac OS X Is Leaving Apple  —  Bertrand Serlet, the guy who led the development of Mac OS X since its very beginning, is leaving Apple.  He's one of the heavy weights at the company.  More »
Discussion: CNET News and Macworld, Thanks:gizmodo
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Google Plays To Its Strengths, Succeeds Brilliantly, With Lady Gaga Interview  —  As the battle for Silicon Valley engineering talent intensifies, it seems as if hot tech companies like Apple, Facebook, Google and Twitter have launched some sort of ridiculous competition as to who could can score …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
On Firefox 4 Day, Chrome 11 Hits Beta With The Ability To Talk To Your Computer!  —  As you're aware by now, earlier today Mozilla officially unveiled Firefox 4 to the world.  At first glance, it's a great update with massive speed improvements.  And that's good, because that's exactly …
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Firefox 4 doubles IE9's 24-hour download tally  —  Firefox 4 managed to double IE9's download total in less than 24 hours after its release.  —  Firefox may be under fire from Microsoft's newly competitive browser, but with more than twice the downloads in its first day, Firefox 4 today soared over its rival by one measurement.
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The Mozilla Blog:
Mozilla Launches Firefox 4 and Delivers a Fast, Sleek and Customizable Browsing Experience …
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Here's How Amazon Could Quietly Become A Huge Tablet Player  —  It would be foolish not to include Amazon on the list of potentially huge players in the tablet industry.  —  While the company is still only selling simple Kindle e-readers, Amazon has quietly built all the tools it needs …
Michael DeGusta / The Understatement:
Digital Subscription Prices Visualized (aka The New York Times Is Delusional)  —  Here are the annual prices of a variety of services, all of which allow users to access the service from the web and across multiple devices with a single unified subscription.  See if you can pick out which one is the outlier:
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Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
NY Times Asks Twitter to Shut Down Paywall Dodgers
Reid Hoffman / Greylock VC:
Ten Entrepreneurship Rules for Building Massive Companies  —  Last week I gave a talk at South by Southwest, and in it I shared my top ten rules for entrepreneurship.  They are borne from my experiences starting companies and partnering with great entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley as an angel and a venture capitalist.
Discussion: Tech Europe and Howard Lindzon
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Publishers back Inkling's iPad textbooks  —  iPad textbook startup Inkling just announced that it has won financial backing from the two biggest names in the textbook business — McGraw-Hill and Pearson.  —  Founder and chief executive Matt MacInnis said Inkling's goal involves using …
Miyoung Kim / Reuters:
Samsung denies rumors of Galaxy tablet inventory buildup  —  (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co, the world's No.2 handset maker, denied market speculation of massive inventory build-up in its Galaxy tablet on Wednesday.  —  Shares of the South Korean company have come under pressure recently amid market talk …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Groupon President and COO Rob Solomon Steps Down  —  Sources close to Groupon, the social buying site, said its COO, former Yahoo exec Rob Solomon, is stepping down from his job.  —  It's not clear what the reasons for Solomon's departure are, but the move seems to be sudden.
DigiTimes:
Motorola Xoom monthly orders to drop in 2Q11  —  Taiwan's shipments of Motorola Xoom in the first quarter of 2011 are expected to meet upstream component suppliers' forecast of 700,000-80,000 units, as Motorola already placed orders for about 200,000 units for the first half of March and shipments …
Greg Bensinger / Bloomberg:
Sprint Plans Appeal to Congress to Halt AT&T-T-Mobile Deal  —  Sprint Nextel Corp. (S) Chief Executive Officer Dan Hesse said the company plans to submit its concerns over AT&T Inc. (T)'s proposed acquisition of T-Mobile USA to Congress, saying the deal hurts the wireless industry.
Nicole Martinelli / Cult of Mac:
Breaking: Apple Pulls Christian “Gay Cure” App  —  It looks like Apple has responded to the outcry over an app from Christian group Exodus International aimed at “homosexual strugglers” by removing it from iTunes.  —  Some 145,000 people signed an online petition demanding it be removed.
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Facebook traffic mysteriously passes through Chinese ISP  —  Routing cockup most likely explanation  —  For a short time on Tuesday, internet traffic sent between Facebook and subscribers to AT&T's internet service passed through hardware belonging to the state-owned China Telecom before reaching …
Discussion: blyon.com and The Next Web
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Apple hits adult ‘app store’ MiKandi with cease-and-desist over trademark  —  Amazon.com isn't the only company being targeted by Apple for using the phrase “app store” in conjunction with its Android marketplace.  Seattle-based MiKandi, which bills itself as “the world's first app store for adults …
Discussion: MacNN, Gizmodo, Mobile Entertainment and Pulse2, Thanks:johnhcook
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Justin Moore / Foursquare Engineering Blog:
Building a recommendation engine, foursquare style  —  Last summer, foursquare's employee count had grown a bit beyond our office capacity (as we surged towards 20 employees) and we had people sitting in whatever open space we could find.  We were split between floors, parked on folding tables, and crammed into couches and loveseats.
Discussion: SAI, MarketingVOX and ProgrammableWeb
DailyTelegraph:
Banning baby-faces from social site Facebook  —  ABOUT 20,000 children are kicked off Facebook every day for lying about their age, the social network site admitted yesterday.  —  Despite efforts to enforce the strict 13 years or older age limit some children still slip through the checks.
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Windows Phone 7 “NoDo” update now available  —  Microsoft has started to distribute its first full Windows Phone 7 update.  —  The company began pushing out “NoDo” to devices on Tuesday after a number of device ROMs leaked to the Internet early.  Microsoft's first Windows Phone 7 platform …
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Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
U.S. senators ask Apple to pull police-evasion apps  —  A group of U.S. senators is calling on Apple to remove applications that alert users to the presence of police and other law enforcement checkpoints that have been set up to combat drunk driving.  —  U.S. Senators Harry Reid (D-Nev.) …
Richard Esguerra / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
An Introduction to the Federated Social Network  —  Lately, EFF's work to protect rights and liberties in the online world has focused rather heavily on social networking sites and their policies.  The logic is borne out by the numbers — Facebook and Twitter combined claim hundreds of millions …
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Two Weeks Later, Google Lifts Ban On BeatThatQuote  —  Google acquired BeatTheQuote.com on March 7th, then the day after, Google penalized BeatThatQuote for violating the Google Webmaster guidelines.  —  Guess what?  BeatThatQuote has apparently been un-penalized by Google just two weeks after first being penalized.
Discussion: SEO Book.com
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
Anonymous And Ex-Anonymous Hackers Wage A War Of Identification  —  Anonymous and the group calling itself Backtrace Security seem to be engaged in a campaign of mutually-assured anonymity destruction.  —  As promised, Backtrace Security, a group of pseudonymous hackers formerly associated …
 
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Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
Netflix Shares Soar, Site Goes Down
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Stephen Shankland / Webware.com:
Google working to reverse Chrome bloat
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Alexia Tsotsis / CrunchGear:
Groupon Wants To Hire Over 100 People In Palo Alto Office, Buys Billboard Campaign
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Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
Meet Y Combinator's Latest Class
Discussion: TechCrunch, VentureBeat and Mashable!
Christine Negroni / New York Times:
Tracking Your Wi-Fi Trail at the Airport
Discussion: Techland and Switched
David Kaplan / paidContent:
WSJ Launching Single-Issue Downloads For iPad
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Court rejects Google Books settlement